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Microsoft today announced that it is adding iPhone support to its Phone Link app on Windows 11. The app allows iPhone users to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and view an iPhone's notifications directly on a PC.

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Notably, the app brings limited iMessage functionality to Windows. After pairing an iPhone with a PC via Bluetooth and granting some permissions on the iPhone, users can send and receive iMessages and SMS text messages in Phone Link, but there is no support for group chats or sending photos and videos.

As noted by The Verge's Tom Warren, Phone Link also lacks full message history for conversations and displays all sent and received messages as gray bubbles, meaning iMessages and SMS text messages cannot be differentiated.

Microsoft says iPhone support in Phone Link will be available in preview starting this week for a "small percentage" of Windows Insider members enrolled in the Dev, Beta, or Release Preview channels. The preview will be expanded "over time."

Article Link: Microsoft Announces iMessage Support on Windows With Several Limitations
 

krspkbl

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Awesome. I've always wanted to use the phone link feature on Windows. I was going to move to Mac but decided to upgrade my PC instead due to Apple's nonsense.

Will give this a shot when I can.
 
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iAppleOrchard

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Ok, this is unexpected. I never would have thought this would ever happen...

If we get more stuff like this and Arm on Windows, I may switch to Windows.

But that search bar on the dock... kinda holding me back.
Limited or not, wonder how Apple feels.
 
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Coochie Boogs

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Never thought this would happen, but it doesn't seem like a bad thing. Not everyone uses a Mac, it's convenient to get messages in this fashion. I use iMessage on my laptop quite a bit.
 
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jljue

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This could be useful for my wife once it matures. This feature might be worth the fuss from her to upgrade her W10 PC (too old to upgrade to W11) to a W11 PC. However, I don’t see my company allowing us to use iMessages on our work computers when we do upgrade to W11; using MS Teams (and Office 365) with mixed Android/iOS devices plus Windows 10 has been a good experience for us.
 

CarAnalogy

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Microsoft couldnt have done this without Apple...so this is here to stay

I agree it's not going to be blocked by Apple, but I'm not sure it took Apple's consent or cooperation. As another poster noted, this seems to be just the same Bluetooth pairing that's available via car. I don't think Apple is going to block it but I also don't think Apple is going to do anything to help it be more than that either.
 
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